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Childbirth trust calls for rights to home births

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 28 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:212

Pregnant women in Britain requesting a home birth have in some cases been intimidated by their general practitioner or even struck off the doctor's list, says a new report from the National Childbirth Trust. The report calls on the Royal College of General Practitioners to issue guidelines urgently to general practitioners “to clarify their responsibilities and the choices they should offer to women who want a home birth.”

The report results from a national survey carried out by the branches of the National Childbirth Trust, and the findings are described as “dismal.” The trust says: “The range of tactics used to put …

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